Pan Munster Match Report – Bruff Under 18 V Skibbereen

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Jan 312017

Bruff U18’s faced a tough challenge on Sunday against an unbeaten Skibbereen in the pan Munster competition and the playing conditions were poor. Once again Bruff got off to a slow start and they were under pressure.  Skibbereen won an early penalty, but kicked it wide. Great defending from the Bruff  lads kept Skibbereen at bay. As the half progressed Bruff got into the game more, the game was scoreless at half time.

In the second half Bruff were more aggressive and kept Skibbereen in their own half, with Bruff eventually winning a penalty. Bruff kicked for the corner . The Bruff’ pack won the line out and drove over the line to score the first try. A missed conversion had the score at 5:0 to Bruff.

From the kick off Bruff began to apply more pressure. Skibbereen won a scrum on their own 5 metre line for a knock on. The ball squirted back out of the scrum Pa Lloyd was quick to react with a good tackle on the Skibbereen scrum half which allowed Pa Maher to collect the ball and score a second try.  The  conversion was missed and the score was 10:0 to Bruff.

Poor defending from the kick off by Bruff allowed Skibbereen to put pressure back on Bruff, Skibbereen managed to put a few phases together to score a try in the corner. A missed conversion had the score 10:5 to Bruff.  Bruff continued to play and defend well, Fionn Flanagan intercepted a pass on the half way line, great hands between Fionn Flanagan, Jamie Carey and Adam O’Dwyer resulted in Adam O’Dwyer scoring the third try and securing victory against any late comeback from Skibbereen. The games ended Bruff 15 Skibbereen 5. Well done lads and best of luck against Dungarvan at home in Kilballyowen next Sunday 5th February.

Club Notes 27.01.17

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Jan 272017

Seniors Vs Rainey Old Boys

The seniors returned to UBL action on Saturday when they made the 250 mile trip to Maherafelt to play Rainey Old Boys in round 10 of the league. The sides had met 6 weeks earlier when Bruff took the spoils with a 15-11 win on the 3rd of December at home in Bruff.

Rainey dominated the early exchanges and were 7-0 up after six minutes with a converted try from a maul close to the Bruff line. Bruff replied with a penalty on 14 minutes for a high tackle in front of the posts and added a second penalty after 19 minutes to reduce the lead to 7-6. Bruff were enjoying a purple patch and scored a try after 28 minutes when they choose to take a scrum inside the oppositions 22 instead of kicking the penalty which had been award for dangerous play. The gamble paid off and the Bruff pack walked the ball over the line for scrum half Tony Cahill to dot down for the try make it 7.11.  Cahill kicked his 3rd penalty of the day on 39 minutes to make it 7.14, but Rainey were able to reduce the lead to 10.14 on the stroke of half time with a penalty from long range.

Rainey started the second half in similar fashion to the first scoring a try after just 4 minutes to take a 17.14 lead. Bruff had to wait until the 25th minute of the second half for their only score of the 2nd period, another penalty from the boot of Tony Cahill. Bruff were lucky from the restart when Rainey went on the attack only to knock on a certain try over the Bruff line. Rainey continued to dominate and got the all-important winning score with 10 minutes on the clock when they kicked another penalty which proved to be the winner.

Bruff’s next game is this weekend when they take on Bangor at home in Kilballyowen. Bruff had the upper hand when the sides met in November, winning 13.6 away in Upritchard Park.

Sat 28th Jan 17 14:30 Div2C Bruff   v Bangor Kilballyowen Park


Team: 1-15

Dave Horan, John Hogan, Keith Laffan, Sean Hartigan, Brian Morrissey , John Clery, Cillian Rea , Danny Keogh, Tony Cahill, Dave O Grady, Kevin McManus, Sean Darcy, Jack O Grady, Liam Tracey, Graham Whelan

Subs, Paddy Clery, Brendan Keogh, Mike Cooke, Maghnus Collins, Conor Fitzpatrick

U20’s on good run

The u20’s are on a good run of form accounting for Cork Con, UCC and Young Munsters in their last three outings.

Young Munsters were the visitors to Kilballyowen last weekend with Bruff coming out victorious on a score line of 42-24. Bruff had two tries each from Tom Quigley & Liam Barrett with Mattew O Dea, Fergal Cooke and Anthony Foley scoring 1 each. Bruff Also had a penalty try from a scrum and a conversion from the boot of Mattew O Dea.

7 days earlier saw them travel to play unbeaten UCC who have been the pacesetters so far this season under the watchful eye of former Munster & Ireland Senior head Coach Declan Kidney. UCC were first to score and led 3-0 for most of the first half but it was Bruff who went into the break 3-7 to the good thanks to a Liam Barrett try after thirty seven minutes which Kevin McManus converted.

Bruff started the second half as they had finished the first and were on the score board again shortly after half time when Brian Bulfin was on hand to touch down for a second Bruff try after a driving maul inside the homesides 22. Kevin McManus added the conversion which put Bruff into a 3-14 lead. UCC hit back with a converted try of their own to make it 10-14 which made for a tense finish. Bruff put the game to bed in the seventieth minute when Kevin McManus touched down for Bruff’s third try which he converted to make it 10-21.

The previous week the u20’s had another great win beating Cork Con 27-14 at home in Kilballyowen. Bruff hads two tries each from Jack O Grady and Liam Tracey with Kevin McManus kicking 7 points from the boot.

The three wins have moved Bruff into third position in the league up from eight pre-Christmas.


Brady Day, Thomas Quigley, Jack Fitzgerald, Tadgh O Dwyer, Cian Mulqueen, Brian Bulfin, Paul Treacy, Sean Hartigan, Niall Byrnes, Cian Clifford, Liam Treacy, Jack O Grady, Conor Fitzpatrick, Liam Barrett, Kevin McManus, Shane Breen, Darren O Farrell, Gareth Cooke, Matten Lockart O Dea, John Bulfin, David Maloney, Thomas Breen, Fergal Cooke, Dylan Reeves- Wasik, Adam Sheehy, Stephen Dunworth, David Moloney, Anthony Foley.

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Under 16 Pan Munster Result – 15th January

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Jan 152017

The Bruff U16 got their Pan-Munster journey  back on track with a comfortable win over Cashel RFC in Cashel on Sunday 15th January with a  score line of 36-5.The tries were scored by: Jack Barrett who got two, two also from Darragh Brown and one each by Darragh Mc Namara and Mark Fitzparick. 

A stubborn Bruff defence kept Cashel scoreless until the 55th min. when they got their only score of the game. This is a fanstastic confidence boosting win for this side. 

Their next outing is against Cobh Pirates in Kilballyowen. Well done to the lads for the great win today.

U16 North Munster League Final – Match Report

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Dec 292016
On Tuesday 27th December the U16 were beaten in the North Munster league final 27-17 by Ennis. The Bruff team got off sluggish and nervous start. Ennis scored and converted a try after five minutes and added a penalty to make it 10-0.  In the 25th minute Darragh Mc Namara powered over score 10-5. On 35th minute Ennis scored try number two, to make it 17-5. Bruff came fighting back on 40th minute scored a second try through Jack Barrett. The last Ennis score came in the 50th minute to make it Ennis 22-10. Credit to the Bruff boys who did not give up and Jack Barrett scored try number three to make it 22-17.
Bruff battled hard for the winning score but with time nearly up it was Ennis who scored and the game finished 27 -17. Well done to all the Bruff lads who battled hard and never gave up.
The Pan Munster competition commence on 8th January in Kilballyowen against Skibbereen RFC.

Under 18 North Munster League Final – Report

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Dec 282016

Bruff U18 took on Ennis in the North Munster Final on the cold damp night of December 27th. Ennis got off to a flying start, putting Bruff under pressure. Bruff put up a good defence for a 15 minute onslaught from Ennis by only conceding 3 points from a penalty. An early injury to Dave Barrett forced him off the field, he was replaced by Dylan O’ Leary who slotted in well. Slowly Bruff began to get to grips with the game, ending the first half 3:3.
In the second half Bruff started strongly applying good pressure, winning an early penalty, John Bateman converting the penalty 6:3 to Bruff. Ennis were attacking inside Bruff”s 22 when John Bateman intercepted an Ennis pass, to run the full length of the field scoring under the post he converted the kick 13:3 to Bruff. Bruff continued to work hard and had scored another try which was disallowed and a penalty awarded to Ennis inside Bruff”s half.

The decision gave Ennis great encouragement and allowed them to kick for the corner.  Ennis won the line out, Bruff showed great character in their defence which paid off by winning a scrum on their own 5m line. Unfortunately the ball came out of the side of the scrum which allowed the Ennis scrum half to pick up the ball and score over the line. Ennis missed the conversion, Bruff now led 13:8. Bruff defended well in the later stages of the game and deserved to win .

Congratulations to Bruff for retaining the North Munster League title four years in a row. Well done to all players and coaches for a great achievement.

Best wishes to Dave Barrett and Fionn Flanagan we hope they make a speedy recovery from their injuries.